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Criminal Careers and Crime Control in Massachusetts [The Glueck Study]: A Matched-Sample Longitudinal Research Design, Phase I, 1939-1963

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, and event/transaction data
  • Laub, John H.
  • Sampson, Robert J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
career criminals; crime control; crime control policies; criminal histories; criminality prediction; offenders; offenses
  • Abstract

    The relationship between crime control policies and fundamental parameters of the criminal career, such as career length, participation in offenses, and frequency and seriousness of offenses committed, is examined in this data collection. The investigators coded, recoded, and computerized parts of the raw data from Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck's three-wave, matched sample study of juvenile and adult criminal behavior, extracting the criminal histories of the 500 delinquents (officially defined) from the Glueck study. Data were originally collected by the Gluecks in 1940 through psychiatric interviews with subjects, parent and teacher reports, and official records obtained from police, court, and correctional files. The subjects were subsequently interviewed again between 1949 and 1965 at or near the age of 25, and again at or near the age of 32. The data coded by Laub and Sampson include only information collected from official records. The data address in part (1) what effects probation, incarceration, and parole have on the length of criminal career and frequency of criminal incidents of an offender, (2) how the effects of criminal control policies vary in relation to the length of sentence, type of offense, and age of the offender, (3) which factors in criminal control policy correlate with criminal career termination, (4) how well age of first offense predicts the length of criminal career, and (5) how age of offender relates to type of offense committed. Every incident of arrest up to the age of 32 for each respondent (ranging from 1 to 51 arrests) is recorded in the data file. Variables include the dates of arrest, up to three charges associated with the arrest, court disposition, and starting and ending dates of probation, incarceration, and parole associated with the arrest.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-01 / 1989-12
    Collection date: 1988-01--1989-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All delinquent boys in correctional schools in the state of Massachusetts during 1940.
A two-stage, clustered sample, with delinquents as the first stage and record of arrest as the second stage.
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (87-IJ-CX-0022).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9735 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Sampson, Robert J., Laub, John H., Wimer, Christopher. Does marriage reduce crime? A counterfactual approach to within-individual causal effects. Criminology.44, (3), 465-508.2006.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2006.00055.x (DOI)
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Coming of age in wartime: How World War II and the Korean War changed lives. Historical Influences on Lives and Aging.New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. 2005.
  • Eggleston, Elaine P., Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Methodological sensitivities to latent class analysis of long-term criminal trajectories. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.20, (1), 1-26.2004.
    • ID: 10.1023/B:JOQC.0000016696.02763.ce (DOI)
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2003.
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck's unraveling delinquency study: The lives of 1,000 Boston men in the Twentieth Century. Looking at Lives: American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century.New York, NY: Russell Sage. 2002.
  • Laub, John H., Nagin, Daniel S., Sampson, Robert J.. Trajectories of change in criminal offending: Good marriages and the desistance process. American Sociological Review.63, (2), 225-238.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Sampson, Robert J., Laub, John H.. Socioeconomic achievement in the life course of disadvantaged men: Military service as a turning point, circa 1940-1965. American Sociological Review.61, (3), 347-367.1996.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Crime and context in the lives of 1,000 Boston men, circa 1925-1995. Current Perspectives on Aging and the Life Cycle, Vol. 4.Greenwich, CT: JAI Press. 1995.
  • Sampson, Robert J., Laub, John H.. Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points Through Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1993.
  • Davis, Kenna F.. Patterns of Specialization and Escalation in Crime: A Longitudinal Analysis of Juvenile and Adult Arrest Transitions in the Glueck Data. Dissertation, University of Illinois. 1991.
  • Sampson, Robert J., Laub, John H.. Crime and deviance over the life course: The salience of adult social bonds. American Sociological Review.55, (5), 609-627.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Unraveling families and delinquency: A reanalysis of the Gluecks' data. Criminology.26, (3), 355-380.1988.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1988.tb00846.x (DOI)
  • Farrington, David P.. Longitudinal research on crime and delinquency. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1979.
  • Glueck, Sheldon, Glueck, Eleanor. Delinquents and Nondelinquents in Perspective. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1968.
  • Glueck, S., Glueck, E.. Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency. New York, NY: Commonwealth Fund. 1950.
  • Laub, John H., Sampson, Robert J.. Criminal Careers and Crime Control: A Matched Sample Longitudinal Research Design, Phase I, Final Report. NCJ 127097, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. .
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Laub, John H.; Sampson, Robert J. (1992): Criminal Careers and Crime Control in Massachusetts [The Glueck Study]: A Matched-Sample Longitudinal Research Design, Phase I, 1939-1963. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.